STARRING: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Glenn Ford

1978, 143 Minutes, Directed by: Richard Donner

"You'll believe a man can fly," the publicity hype declared back then. And yes, we did.

A serious treatment of the Superman comics, this film differs from other film adaptations of comic books like for example Dick Tracey, in that it doesn't try to imitate the visual style of the comic it's based upon.

It prefers instead to set Superman in a realistic, modern day milieu and well, it works all right. So no tongue-in-the-mouth hipness and self-awareness: that only came later with films like Pulp Fiction, Flash Gordon and Escape from LA. That doesn't mean that the film is dead serious. No, it is funny and displays a surprising sense of wit which saves it.

So what more does one need from a Superman movie? The special effects are great, the John Williams music heroic, the acting good and yes, we all believed a man could fly. Still the best film in the series (it was followed by three sequels) and it would be interesting see whether any planned attempts to revive the franchise for the new millennium will be any better . . .


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Top 100 Sci-Fi Movies
of all time




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